AMC Applauds Pimicikamak Cree Nation Youth for Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

June 6, 2024

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba

AMC Communications

Treaty One Territory – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) extends heartfelt congratulations to the youth from Pimicikamak Cree Nation who travelled overseas to participate in the 80th-anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. These pivotal events of World War II were crucial in shaping history, and it is a proud moment to see northern First Nations youth honour this legacy alongside Premier Wab Kinew in France today.

Grand Chief Cathy Merrick expressed great pride in the Pimicikamak Cree Nation youth, stating, “Their participation in this event is significant. They represent the future for whom our ancestors sacrificed. Through such commemorations, we pass on the values of courage, resilience, and unity to the next generation. The bravery and sacrifices of those who fought at Normandy continue to inspire us all.”

Chief David Monias of Pimicikamak Cree Nation emphasized the importance of this trip for the youth and the significance of connecting with history. “It’s vital that we, collectively, shape a future rooted in a shared understanding of our past,” said Chief David Monias. “Our children must recognize the importance of the sacrifices made by those who came before them. As we commemorate the legacy of our ancestors, we instill in our youth a deep sense of gratitude and responsibility to uphold the values that have defined our Nations throughout history.”

The legacy of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy holds profound importance for First Nations. It serves as a reminder of the resilience and courage of our ancestors who stood alongside allies in the fight against tyranny and oppression. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs pays tribute to all those who served and those who continue to serve. Their contributions and sacrifices inspire us as we strive for a better future for all our relations.

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The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC is an authorized representative of 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 172,000 First Nations citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho / Ininew (Cree), Anisininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) peoples.